President Joe Biden revealed concerns held by his staff in handling questions from reporters during an exchange during the G-7 Summit on Sunday.
“I’m sorry, I’m going to get in trouble with staff if I don’t do this the right way,” Biden said taking a question from Bloomberg News reporter Jennifer Jacobs, according to the New York Post.
The reference to his staff was not the only admission by Biden. As the president started his question and answer session, he noted, “Now, why don’t I take some of your questions? And I’m told, Jonathan, I’m supposed to talk — recognize you first,” he said.
Biden concluded the press conference with a third example. “I’m going to get in trouble with my staff. Yeah, go ahead. But pretend that I didn’t answer you,” Biden said, according to the report.
The references add to past examples of Biden referring to “getting in trouble” for taking questions. In addition, the president often turns down questions completely, rarely taking impromptu conversations with media.
The strict handling of the president’s communications stands in stark contrast with former President Donald Trump. Trump frequently ad libbed during remarks and often held heated discussions with reporters.
Some have suggested the concerns are related to Biden’s declining cognitive function. The president has offered several recent examples of confusing the names of people and even countries in recent discussions.
Regardless of the reasons, it’s clear Biden’s communications are carefully guarded. The close watch on the president’s words has led many to wonder who is really calling the shots and scripting the Biden agenda.